European Parliament rejects controversial copyright reform plan

European Parliament rejects controversial copyright reform plan

A spokesman for the bodies said: "We will fight on, and ask MEPs to do the right thing when it comes to Plenary".

Europe's publishers EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME suggested that MEPs succumbed to an intense lobby of "manipulative" anti-copyright campaigners, US Internet giants and vested interests who benefit from stealing and monetising publishers' valuable content. It will now return to the drawing board for revisions before being presented again to the European Parliament in September.

The second is article 13, which would require online platforms (YouTube, Instagram etc) to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials or seek licences to display content.

Wednesday, July 4, in three European Union countries - Spain, Italy and Poland - was suspended Wikipedia in protest against the proposed changes.

Various companies including Mozilla and Wikipedia have voiced their concerns online ever since the proposed "Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market" copyright laws became public, and it looks like some of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have heard those complaints.

The second disputed aspects to the proposed reform are an effort to boost revenue for hard-up news publishers and a crackdown on non-copyrighted material on tech platforms such as Google-owned Youtube or Facebook.

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For now, at least, it would appear that the European Parliament agrees: In voting late yesterday the Parliament voted, 318 to 278, against passing the measures, with 31 abstentions.

The other controversial part, Article 13, could have potentially made an even bigger impact on the internet.

Citizens have made themselves heard via thousands of emails and tweets, hundreds of calls and a petition signed by almost 1 million people.

The leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the protest had the full support of the government.

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, issued a similar statement, saying it "is disappointed at the European Parliament's rejection of its lead JURI committee's report on the draft legislation". Unfortunately, like a lot of the internet it seems, I don't think taking away fair use policy is the way to go about it, particularly when it is used for just as much good as it is bad (think advertisement and innovation).

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